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First Impression: SRAM Hydro Brakes Model Year 2015

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SCHWEINFURT, Germany – Early last year SRAM was the first to introduce hydraulic disc brakes for road race. At that time SRAM was in the lead as its main competitor Shimano launched its hydraulic brake systems for road bikes in autumn 2013.

First Impression: SRAM Hydro Brakes Model Year 2015
The master cylinder of SRAM’s new hydraulic disc brakes has been tested especially at extreme temperatures. – Photo Bike Europe

However, a problem with the ‘disc brakes’ during several very cold cyclocross races in the U.S. resulted in a recall in mid-December 2013. How many cyclists were hit exactly is not reported by SRAM. Most groups were specified on Specialized, Cannondale and Focus bikes.

Next generation

Recently SRAM developed the next generation hydraulic brakes sets which will be on the market in four versions, the RED 22 – HydroR, Force 22 – Hydro Rival 22-Hydro and the Hydro-Force CX1 for cyclocross. The RED 22 – HydroR, Force 22 – Hydro Rival 22-Hydro are for hydraulic rim brakes (HRR) and the Hydro-Force CX1 for disc (HRD).

They all feature a newly designed brake/shifter housing which has a new vent port that facilitates setup and bleeding the brakes, a larger diaphragm, new calliper spring and a new shift lever. The new master cylinder has been tested especially at extreme temperatures. In addition, the original 10-speed SRAM Rival is scaled up to 11-speed.

It is not certain on which road race bike the OEMs will specify these group sets. In all likelihood they will feature on the ‘Performance’ and ‘Endurance’ road race bikes as well as the new type of ‘gravel grinders’. This is a mix between a 29er, road bike and a cyclocross bike like for example the Giant Anyroad and the Specialized Crux Gravel.

The Red ‘HRD’ weighs 449 grams per wheel including the lever, calliper, and 160 mm Centerline brake rotor has a retail price of € 524. The Force HRD weighs 471 grams per wheel and costs € 399 and the Rival HRD weighs 493 grams per wheel and costs € 341. All these sets are already available this summer.

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